WebstaurantStore plans new facility with state aid

Online restaurant supplier WebstaurantStore Inc. plans to invest $33 million over the next three years into building a distribution center in Columbia County.

The new distribution center would bring about 400 full-time jobs to Hemlock Township, Columbia County and is receiving help from the state to ensure its completion, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has offered the Manheim Township, Lancaster County-based company an $800,000 grant and $800,000 in job creation tax credits to be released after the company completes the project.

“We applaud Webstaurant for continuing to invest in the commonwealth, and for their contribution to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play,” Wolf said in a statement.

WebstaurantStore ships cooking equipment, refrigerators, dishes, food and other products to restaurants nationwide from 12 warehouse and shipping facilities in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

The new 586,000 square-foot facility in Columbia County would ship products to the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. About 883 employees are expected to work at the distribution center. Roughly 400 will be new hires and the remainder will be existing WebstaurantStore employees who transfer to the facility.

“We are very excited to expand our presence in Pennsylvania with our new distribution center in the Bloomsburg area,” Dave Groff, president of WebstaurantStore, said in a statement.